‘Desperate Housewives’ to end next year

The US comedy drama's eighth season will be its last

The hit US comedy-drama Desperate Housewives is due to come to an end next year.

The show, which premiered in 2004, follows a group of middle-America suburbanites and the secrets that lie behind their supposed idyllic lifestyle.

Speaking about the show’s end, ABC President Paul Lee said:

It is an iconic show, we’re extremely proud of it. I wanted to make sure this show had its victory lap.

The show’s creator Marc Cherry added: “The only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it”.

Describing how he had told the cast about the decision, he added: “It was bittersweet and lovely, because the women knew there was the possibility… They said some very lovely things to me about how I’ve changed their lives and careers. I truly, truly love every one of them. [They] fill me up with such emotion inside; I love my cast. [They’re] people who are smart enough to be grateful.”

The final series is believed to come full circle with an expanded part for the show’s narrator Brenda Strong. Strong plays Mary Alice Young, whose death was the catalyst for the show.

Speaking about the show’s final series Marc Cherry said: “We’re going back to roots of Mary Alice“.

Desperate Housewives made stars of Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman, as well as reinvigorating the career of Teri Hatcher, who landed a Golden Globe for her role as Susan Mayer.

The eighth and final season of Desperate Housewives will begin later this year.